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Following Chaos Comes Order: Panama Signs Agreement with Protesting Ngobe Bugle

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Food from the interior of Panama is flowing into the capital and trapped citizens are making their way into the interior on buses once caught in the dishevel caused by protesting indigenous people. The disputing parties have signed an agreement ending the conflict which began on January 31. With the pact, which includes ten points, both the government of Ricardo Martinelli and the leadership of the Ngäbe Bugle pledged to restart a dialogue to agree on the points that sparked the protests.

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Original Article Text From La Prensa via Google Translate :

Pact Of San Lorenzo Poses New Scenario After 200 Hours of Protests

With the agreement of San Lorenzo which was signed late on Tuesday, February 7, in the province of Chiriqui, was terminated at 200 hours of an event that left at least one dead, dozens injured (the total is not specified), 119 arrested and economic losses.

With the pact, which includes ten points, both the government of Ricardo Martinelli as the leadership of the Bugle Ngäbe pledged to restart a dialogue to agree on the points that sparked the protests and they have to do with the reforms to the mining law in Panama.

To reach this agreement was a meeting held in the Professional and Technical Institute Abel Tapiero Miranda, located in San Lorenzo, which began at 12:30 pm Tuesday. The announcement that an agreement was reached did the bishop of David, Jose Luis Lacunza, guarantor of the talks, just after 6:00 pm before the media at the scene.

It was attended by the Executive: the Minister of the Presidency, Demetrio Papadimitriu, Minister of Government, Jorge Ricardo Fabrega, the governor of the province of Chiriqui, Aixa Santamaria, and Secretary of State’s submission, Luis Eduardo Camacho.

By the Legislative Branch Members attended José Muñoz, Osman Gomez, Crispiano Adames, Elias Castillo and Crescentia Prado.

On behalf of the Indians present were General cacica Ngäbe-Bublé, Silvia Carrera, members of the Coordinating Committee for the Protection of Natural Resources and the Law of the People’s Peasant Ngäbe Bugle and Rogelio Montezuma (Chair); Nurum Martinez ( Vice-Chairman); Ausencio Palacios (Secretary), Alberto Montezuma (fiscal) Fermin Jimenez (Treasurer), Angel Prado (vocal); Omaira Silvera (vocal), Julian Knight and Celio War.

In addition to local and regional chiefs Jeremiah Montero, Kodri, Francisco Miranda, Nole Duima, Chito Garcia, Muna, Aurelio Andrade, Mironó, Mark Samudio, Soloy, and other members of the coordinator.

The discomfort of the Indians began when the National Assembly, which discusses the Bill No. 415, was not included in the mining law reforms Article five, as the Indians, it is essential particularly for county areas.

Through Bill No. 415 establishing a special regime for the protection of mineral resources, water and environmental in-Bugle Ngäbe. The Indians, who reject the exploration and mining and water, warned that removing the article would risk five natural resources of the regions.

Officials added that an agreement be breached agreed in San Felix (Chiriqui) with the Government in February 2011. This, however, was rejected during the days of protest by government authorities.

Even the president of the Republic, Ricardo Martinelli said on Sunday, in a meeting with leaders of business associations-that the Government complied with the agreement of San Felix and said the Indians posed a new scenario for calling for the cancellation of concessions hydropower.

And tonight the Minister of the Presidency, Demetrio Papadimitriu said, in a statement, that “prohibit mining within the Shire and take care of their water resources, this agreement did not include the issue of hydro, we are committed to seek how to care for water resources provided they do not affect the country’s energy security. ”

The general cacica Ngäbe Bugle, Silvia Carrera, said, minutes before signing the agreement of San Lorenzo tonight, that “my people will be quiet when you see the article five in the document … I will sign because we want peace and tranquility for the people “.

“Our people will continue the fight while no signature of President Martinelli with the sanction of the law [mining]. So far, we have not achieved anything. The ngäbes no longer trust the authorities, “said the chieftain general.

Race announced that tonight was contacted with the bases to let them know what was agreed. And the protests, which began in Chiriqui, spread to other provinces.

In Panama City, while another group of Indians kept a vigil on the campus of the National Assembly in the hope that tomorrow, Wednesday February 8, restart the dialogue on the issue of the construction and operation of hydroelectric mining district areas.

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